Catalyzing school innovation through STEAM education

The Acera Education Innovation initiative partners with teachers, public schools and district leaders to cultivate a love of learning through student choice, voice, agency and hands-on STEAM learning. By offering customizable and scalable programs,  we form partnerships that lead to long-term success: highly engaged students who experience the joy of learning—and who become inspired to tackle the challenges of our changing world.

AceraEI partners with public schools to offer 50+ modules in engineering, computer science, robotics, life sciences, makerspace learning, design thinking, and social and emotional learning. Our consultants provide teacher support and mentorship every step of the way.

We help schools and districts achieve their goals: increased teacher satisfaction, retention, and confidence; authentic student engagement and positive attitudes toward STEAM learning; enhanced performance on NGSS assessments and mastery of ISTE standards.

Acera’s Education Inovation initiative grew out of our own K-10 lab school, Acera: The Massachusetts School of Science, Creativity and Leadership. Our approach is built around evidence-based pedagogy that results in student growth and creativity via joyful learning.

Fostering joyful learning

AceraEI’s STEAM modules are aligned to Next Generation Science Standards and have been vigorously pilot-tested at Acera’s K-10 lab school. Our curriculum includes:


  • Creative computing
  • Life sciences
  • Mindfulness
  • Student voice
Robotics: Microbit engineering
This series of lessons combines coding and electronics to guide students through programming physical devices. This is called physical computing. Students gain expertise across multiple contexts as they develop hands-on robotics projects.
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Life Sciences: Gene editing with CRISPR
The landscape of genetic engineering has changed with the use of CRISPR for gene editing in humans. Students study the theory in new ways, explore how gene editing can be done responsibly, and discuss the ethics of its use.
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Mindfulness toolkit
Teachers implement a series of lessons based on developing Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in the elementary and early adolescent years, in which students develop a mindfulness practice using these tools.
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Student Voice: Storytelling through coding
Students use visual coding languages to tell stories and express ideas. Teachers can adapt these activities to any subject area to deepen students’ understanding and give them another visual outlet.
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AceraEI in the Boston Globe

How one Mass. school bucked the rise in absenteeism

As schools nationwide face a 20% increase in chronic absenteeism, Acera’s Courtney Dickinson and Lowell Public Schools’ Wendy Crocker-Roberge share how their collaboration has resulted in fewer absences and increased student engagement.